Ryan Zimmerman Injury: Updates on Nationals 3B’s Thumb and Recovery

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be out four to six weeks after fracturing his right thumb on Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, per Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com: James Wagner of The Washington Post reports that Zimmerman jammed the thumb after diving back to second base to avoid getting picked off. Adding insult to injury, he didn't even get back in time: The Nats haven't had any luck this season in regards to injuries, as Zimmerman is now the fourth player the team has sent to the disabled list, per MLB.com's Andrew Simon: This injury comes on the heels of Zimmerman dealing with a shoulder injury. Nationals manager Matt Williams described that injury to CBS Washington's Chris Lingebach: Williams said he’d mistakenly said ‘arthritic’ two days earlier, at 106.7 The Fan’s Chalk Talk, when he was asked about Zimmerman’s long-term viability playing third base, with a nagging shoulder injury that flares up at random, thus affecting his ability ...


Giancarlo Stanton Launches Mammoth 470-Foot HR into Concession Stands

Giancarlo Stanton is no stranger to hitting long home runs. This solo shot off of Jonathan Pettibone in the 5th inning was no different, landing above the outfield seats in the concession area.  Stanton wasn't finished, as he added a two-run shot in the 7th inning. What an impressive display of power from the young star.  [MLB]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


MLB Admits Botching Replay in Red Sox vs. Yankees Game

We're just two weeks into the 2014 MLB season, and there are already problems with the new instant-replay system.  In the eighth inning of Saturday afternoon's contest between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, shortstop Dean Anna ripped a pitch by Burke Badenhop down the right-field line and appeared on first glance to beat Daniel Nava's throw into second base.  Here's a look at the play: Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to argue the safe call, and upon replay, it looked as though it'd be overturned. Although Anna got to the bag first, he lifted his right foot slightly off second as Xander Bogaerts held the tag.  The umpires confirmed the call, but as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal later reported, MLB would admit it was the wrong decision: So, those viewing at home have about 45 different high-definition angles to look at over and over again, but the guys whose decision ...


Giants’ Bumgarner Crushes Grand Slam Versus Rockies

The San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner helped his own cause Friday night with this bomb into the seats versus the Colorado Rockies. With the bases full, Bumgarner crushed the first pitch he saw from Jorge De La Rosa in the fourth inning. It was the starting pitcher's third home run of his career, and he became the second Giants pitcher to hit a grand slam since the team moved to San Francisco, the first being Shawn Estes. The Giants topped the Rockies 6-5. [MLB]  Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


John Mozeliak Signs 2-Year Extension with St. Louis Cardinals

After reaching the World Series last season, the St. Louis Cardinals have decided to extend the contract of general manager John Mozeliak. According to Major League Baseball on Twitter, the two-year extension means that Mozeliak is now contracted through the 2018 season: The Cardinals organization is clearly thrilled with the job that Mozeliak has done as he was also extended last year, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mozeliak has been the Cards' GM since 2007, and although the team has experienced plenty of turnover during that time, St. Louis has consistently been one of the league's best teams during his tenure. The Cardinals have made four playoff appearances under Mozeliak, including two trips to the World Series. They fell to the Boston Red Sox last year, but Mozeliak oversaw St. Louis' 11th World Series title in franchise history back in 2011. Mozeliak was the one who made the difficult decision to let ...


Ranking MLB’s Most Absurd Early-Season Stat Paces

One of the best parts of the first few weeks of every MLB season is the players who get off to absolutely ridiculous starts—and the stat lines that accompany them. While a 10-game hot streak would go largely overlooked if it happened in August, it's hard to ignore a batter stepping into the box with a .600 batting average or a pitcher with a 20.0 K/9 mark when the season is just getting underway. What follows is a fun look at seven guys who are currently on pace to break significant records this season, ranked 1-7 based on how impressive their current pace is. The odds are incredibly high that none of these guys actually wind up breaking said records, or even come close by the time the season wraps up, but there's no sense worrying about a minor detail like that in April.   Note: All stats and projected "on-pace" numbers courtesy of CBSSports.com ...


Biggest Takeaways from the First Two Weeks of the MLB Season

At the conclusion of play on April 11, most major league teams had played at least 10 games or one-sixteenth of a six-month schedule. For baseball fans familiar with week-to-week reactions of NFL fans, the 2014 season is at the same stage a football season is after Week 1. That, of course, can be taken in different ways. No position player has garnered enough at-bats to derive legitimate meaning, nor does any pitcher have enough innings to tell a full tale. Of course, hot or cold starts could be instructive when projecting the rest of the year. It's not easy to separate the signal from the noise during any portion of a marathon season, but Bleacher Report is going to attempt the nearly impossible: finding meaning through a forest of stats, numbers and narratives that have graced baseball fans over the last two weeks. What's real? What's bound to change over the next ...


Andrew Cashner’s Career Night vs. Tigers Hints at Dark-Horse 2014 Cy Young Run

When the San Diego Padres inserted Andrew Cashner into their starting rotation a few weeks into the 2013 season, it may have been his last chance to prove he could be durable enough to remain there. Less than a year later, it's clear that Cashner is not only in the rotation to stay, but it looks like he'll be the ace of the staff as long as he's in a Padres uniform. And after he pitched a one-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers on Friday evening, striking out 11 and allowing only four balls to reach the outfield, it's starting to become evident that he's one of the best pitchers in baseball.  Cashner has a great presence on the mound, and he throws hard. His pitches have excellent movement, he has a plus slider and changeup, and he has top-notch command of his offerings.  He's competitive, pitches deep into games and works quickly, which ...


It’s Not Too Early to View Streaking Brewers as NL Central Contenders

We're still in the portion of the season when you have to be careful about taking anything at face value—especially with performances that seem out of character. On that note, here's me telling caution to take a hike so I can say this: You might want to take the Milwaukee Brewers seriously as NL Central contenders. The Brewers won on Friday night, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. They got all four runs off Francisco Liriano and received seven innings of two-run ball from Wily Peralta. Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the ninth for his third save. That makes it seven in a row for the Brewers. The first six of those wins came away from home in a six-game romp through Boston and Philadelphia. At 8-2, Milwaukee has the best record in baseball. The reasons for the Brew Crew's success? Cliches, according to manager Ron Roenicke: At last check, the Brewers were indeed ...


How Good Is Good Enough for Yankees’ CC Sabathia in 2014?

When CC Sabathia was in his prime, dominance seemed to follow regardless how sharp his stuff was in a particular outing. Upon arriving to the New York Yankees in 2009, the perfect blend of talent and maturity accompanied the big lefty to the Bronx.  With a 94-96 mph fastball and the wisdom of eight years of big league pitching under his belt, Sabathia dominated AL East rivals and helped the Yankees win a World Series. Like any pitcher, decline was expected to eventually arrive, but smarts and pitching acumen were poised to get Sabathia through the years when his fastball and sharp stuff no longer appeared.Or so we thought.On Friday night, Sabathia was cruising against the Boston Red Sox in an early-season clash of titans in baseball's toughest division. Through five innings, Sabathia's performance rivaled his best days as Boston couldn't buy a run.  Then, in a the span of an inning, ...


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